) -- England plans to expel all Iranian officials in Britain after the country's embassy in Tehran was attacked Tuesday, according to reports.

Iranian diplomats have 48 hours to leave the U.K.,

The Wall Street Journal


Britain is also removing its diplomats from Iran. The embassy in Tehran

was raided after England removed financial support from Iran


When Iranian students stormed the British embassy in Tehran on Tuesday, they broke down a door, threw papers and replaced the English flag with an Iranian one,



England withdrew financial support from Iran following a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency that expressed new concerns about Iran's nuclear capabilities.

England's Prime Minister David Cameron said the failure of the Iranian government to "defend British staff and property was a disgrace."

Cameron added there will be "serious consequences" for allowing this to happen and that the appropriate response to this attack will be considered in the coming days,



The Norwegian embassy in Tehran is also temporarily closing "because of a general assessment of the security situation in Iran," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hilde Steinfeld told



The New York Times

called the storming of the British embassy "the most serious diplomatic breach" since the U.S. embassy assault following Iran's Islamic Revolution in 1979.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying it regretted the protests.

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